Department of Biology


Message from the Chair

Andrew Subudhi

The Department of Biology is one of the largest departments at UCCS, with over 700 majors. Biology majors survey the origins, maintenance, and conservation of biological diversity, as well as the molecular, genetic, and cellular bases of life. Students have the opportunity to learn about a wide range of topics, including the complex interactions that exist among organisms and their environments, as well as the biological processes that underlie molecular and organismic evolution, cellular function, embryonic development, exercise science, biomechanics, and human health. Our majors go on to many different graduate programs and careers including research technicians, medical school, PA school, veterinary school, wildlife conservation and more.

Dr. Andrew Subudhi


Faculty Highlights

Dr. Bono is a co-investigator on a Major Research Instrumentation grant.
Drs. Guy Hagen, Jeremy Bono, Kathrin Spendier, Kevin Tvrdy, and Zbigniew Celinski receive funding from the NSF for the 'Acquisition of a fluorescence microscope for manipulating and imaging live cells'.

Dr. Pigage co-authors paper
Pigage, H.K., J.C. Pigage and J.R. Demboski.   Survey of Siphonaptera from western North American chipmunk. Comparative Parasitology (in press).

Dr. Jacobs co-authors paper
Meinild Lundby AK, Jacobs RA, Gehrig S, de Leur J, Hauser M, Bonne TC, Flück D, Dandanell S, Kirk N, Kaech A, Ziegler U, Larsen S, and Lundby C.   Exercise training increases skeletal muscle mitochondrial volume density by enlargement of existing mitochondria and not de novo biogenesis. Acta Physiol (Oxf). 2017 Jun 5. doi: 10.1111/apha.12905.

Dr. Hines is a co-investigator on 5 year NSF grant.
Drs. Patrick McGuire, Robert Block, Lisa Hines and Tom Christensen receive funding from the NSF for a project entitled ‘Supporting Noyce Scholars Through Professional Learning Communities.'

Dr. Subudhi co-authors paper
Song A, Zhang Y, Han L, Yegutkin GG, Liu H, Sun K, D'Alessandro A, Li J, Karmouty-Quintana H, Iriyama T, Weng T, Zhao S, Wang W, Wu H, Nemkov T, Subudhi AW, Jameson-Van Houten S, Julian CG, Lovering AT, Hansen KC, Zhang H, Bogdanov M, Dowhan W, Jin J, Kellems RE, Eltzschig HK, Blackburn M, Roach RC, Xia Y.   Erythrocytes retain hypoxic adenosine response for faster acclimatization upon re-ascent. Nat Commun. 2017 Feb 7;8:14108. doi: 10.1038/ncomms14108.

Dr. Mooney receives 3 year NSF grant.
Dr. Mooney receives funding from the NSF Division of Environmental Biology Population and Community Ecology Cluster to study ‘Climate-induced changes in phenology as direct and indirect drivers of herbivore abundance.'

Dr. Lybecker publishes paper

Dr. Subudhi co-authors paper
Liu H, Zhang Y, Wu H, D'Alessandro A, Yegutkin GG, Song A, Sun K, Li J, Cheng NY, Huang A, Edward Wen Y, Weng TT, Luo F, Nemkov T, Sun H, Kellems RE, Karmouty-Quintana H, Hansen KC, Zhao B, Subudhi AW, Jameson-Van Houten S, Julian CG, Lovering AT, Eltzschig HK, Blackburn MR, Roach RC, Xia Y   Beneficial Role of Erythrocyte Adenosine A2B Receptor-Mediated AMP-Activated Protein Kinase Activation in High-Altitude Hypoxia. Circulation. 2016 Aug 2;134(5):405-21. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.116.021311.

Dr. Subudhi co-authors paper
Sun K, Zhang Y, D'Alessandro A, Nemkov T, Song A, Wu H, Liu H, Adebiyi M, Huang A, Wen YE, Bogdanov MV, Vila A, O'Brien J, Kellems RE, Dowhan W, Subudhi AW, Jameson-Van Houten S, Julian CG, Lovering AT, Safo M, Hansen KC, Roach RC, Xia Y.   Sphingosine-1-phosphate promotes erythrocyte glycolysis and oxygen release for adaptation to high-altitude hypoxia. Nat Commun. 2016 Jul 15;7:12086. doi: 10.1038/ncomms12086.

Dr. Pearson publishes paper


Biology Seminar
Dr. Robin Tinghitella, Assistant Professor, DU, will be speaking about her research on Monday Oct 16, 2017 CENT 191 at 445pm. The title of her talk is "Understanding the roles of behavior and ecology in rapid evolutionary change" Everyone is welcome to attend.

Clinical Job Opportunity
The Research Assistant is responsible for assisting with the performance of clinical investigation projects in a clinical setting, including recruitment of potential study subjects, collection and organization of data, scheduling patients for follow up appointments.more

Congratulations to Abigail Frier and Alexis Ryan
They received Undergraduate Research Academy awards to work with Dr. Bono during the summer semester.

Tim Browne and Jennifer Guess are leaving UCCS
Tim Browne will be attending medical school in Denver this fall. Dr. Jennifer Guess is relocating to the Chattanooga, TN area. Congratulations and best wishes!

Congratulations to Dr. Bono and undergraduate Toan Hoang
They have received a LAS student-faculty research, creative works, community service award. The title of their research is 'Determining the Function of GI11629 in the Reproductive Tracts of Drosophila arizonae'

Volunteer this summer at Rocky Mtn Biological Laboratory
Students and recent graduates who are interested in trying out field research in ecology can volunteer with scientists at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Crested Butte, CO. A variety of research projects for summer 2017 will be posted here Contact Dr. Mooney for more information.

Internships, Research and Study Abroad Opportunities
Look in 'Research Opportunities' for study abroad and research opportunity announcements as well as internships. We will list these opportunities as we become aware of them. Internships are offered by an employer (company or organization) to students to work for a fixed time, usually one semester. Because they are positions that are off campus, the Biology Department uses the term Externships. Students may receive credit by enrolling in Externship in Biology, Biol 4710/5710.

Students with Work-study
If you have Work-study and are interested in working in the Biology Department, contact Brent Wallace (255-3206).